This XO needs time to open up and slough off a resiny note on the nose. Currently, the palate expresses an array of lip-smacking flavors: oak, toffee, coffee and a faint Sherry note. The finish is extremely long, with flavors of orange peel, stewed fruit and lots of cinnamon. Presented in an unusual teardrop-shaped bottle.
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books, 2013) as well as a forthcoming book, also from Chronicle, about equal-parts cocktails.